About Sean Casten

Sean and his wife Kara have two children, Gwen and Audrey. They both attend Downers Grove public schools. The entire family understands the pivotal role of public education in preparing America’s students to compete in a global economy. Kara is a communications manager and is pursuing her career again after taking time off to raise their two children.

Sean earned a B.A. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Middlebury College in 1993. He then worked for two years as a scientist at the Tufts School of Medicine as part of a laboratory investigating dietary impacts on colon and breast cancer.

Sean Casten is a respected scientist, engineer, entrepreneur and clean energy leader – as well as a dedicated husband and father living in Downers Grove.

In 1998, he earned a Masters of Engineering Management and a M.S. in Biochemical Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. His M.S. thesis was focused on the development of technologies to produce fuel-grade ethanol from cellulosic feedstocks, and the techno-economic evaluation of various alternative ethanol, heat and power generation technologies.

From 1997 – 2000, Sean worked as a consultant in the energy practice of Arthur D. Little, where he worked for a broad range of public and private sector companies doing work to evaluate, design and optimize a broad range of clean heat, power and fuel technologies.

In 2000, Sean purchased and became the President and CEO of Turbosteam Corporation, a manufacturer of custom-built combined heat and power plants, all of which achieved at least double the fuel efficiency of the US electric grid. During the period of Sean’s leadership, the company sold, installed and commissioned over 70 distinct power plants throughout the Americas and Asia, with a primary focus on the U.S. industrial sector.

In 2007, Sean moved to Illinois to co-found, with his father, Recycled Energy Development LLC (“RED”), with a mission statement to profitably reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the recovery of otherwise wasted energy. The company acquired, built, owned and operated energy plants located within U.S. manufacturing facilities. Under Sean’s leadership, the company secured two rounds of private equity investment and acquired and/or developed nearly 300 MW of assets that provided heating, chilling, electricity, waste water treatment services and multiple other utilities to over 60 distinct businesses in California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York under 20+ year contracts, with corporate headquarters in Westmont IL. In 2016, the company was sold to Ironclad Energy Partners.

Sean was the founding (2005) chairman of the Northeast Combined Heat & Power Association, an advocacy organization that acted to aggregate the interests of over 50 clean energy businesses on regulatory and utility cases throughout the New York and New England region.

Sean also served as the 2007 chairman of the US Combined Heat & Power Association, a similarly structured national trade association. Sean currently serves on the Thayer School of Engineering’s Corporate Collaboration Council, working with faculty and staff to help ensure the professional quality of their M.E.M. degree program and helping students secure internships and long-term employment.

In 2005, the USCHPA recognized Sean as a “CHP Champion” for his work advocating the greater use of clean, efficient heat and power generation In 2009, Sean was recognized as an “Emerging Leader” (2009) by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

He has completed ten marathons and represented Team USA in a 2012 duathlon in Switzerland that required a 10K run, a 150K bike ride and a further 30K run. He has coached youth soccer in Downers Grove and plays in several cover bands of varying degrees of quality.

About Sean Casten July 31, 2017